Tales of the Goddess

Robin Rinehart

in Debating the Dasam Granth

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755066
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895182 | DOI:

Series: AAR Religions in Translation

Tales of the Goddess

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This chapter explores three compositions concerning the goddess in the Dasam Granth: Chandi Charitra Ukti Bilas, Chandi Charitra 2, and Var Durga Ki (Chandi di Var). The chapter compares these goddess tales to the Sanskrit Devi Mahatmya, analyzes how Sikhs have interpreted the goddess compositions, and considers them in the broader context of the Dasam Granth. The chapter argues that although many interpreters have considered these narratives to be meant to inspire warriors in battle, they are explorations of the theme of proper leadership in the realm of both the gods and humans.

Keywords: Durga; Chandi; Devi; Devi Mahatmya; dharma; kingship

Chapter.  16973 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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